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Counseling Services During COVID-19:

The Counseling Center recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 public health crisis is having on our campus community and we remain committed to supporting students emotional growth and wellbeing. We are available to provide services to currently enrolled Dartmouth students who would otherwise be eligible to receive care through Dartmouth's Health Service, in all 50 states and US territories. We are able to provide consultations for our students internationally and assist them in finding ongoing resources if they are needed. 

Counseling Center services include: triage appointments, short-term therapy, medication management, crisis services, nutrition appointments, groups, anxiety workshops, consultations and community referrals.

To protect the welfare of both students and our staff, there has been a shift in the way we provide services during this unprecedented event. We have transitioned from in-person contact to teletherapy (phone or HIPAA approved Zoom). To schedule an appointment, or ask questions about our services, please call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442. Our phone lines are staffed Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (EST).

IMPORTANT: Crisis services are available to all actively enrolled students 24/7. The on-call counselor can be accessed Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. by calling the Counseling Center, 603-646-9442. After hours, the on-call counselor can be accessed by calling the Inpatient Nursing Department (IPD), 603-646-9440.

Scheduling Counseling Appointments

IMPORTANT: During the COVID-19 health crisis, all Counseling appointments must be made by phone. Please call 603-646-9442 to schedule an appointment.

Appointments with the Counseling Center are required and can be scheduled by phone or in person. Counseling appointments cannot be scheduled online.

  • Counseling Center phone number: 603-646-9442
  • Counseling Center location: 2nd Floor of Dick Hall's House (use 5 Rope Ferry Road entrance)

What to Expect

The first appointment with the Counseling Center is called a "triage" appointment. The total appointment time is 45 minutes. The first 15 minutes are spent completing an online assessment and questionnaire. After, the student meets with a counselor for up to 30 minutes to discuss their concerns. At the end of the appointment, the counselor will make recommendations for the next step. Sometimes students find the triage appointment has met their needs and no further services are necessary.

When further services are needed, the triage counselor will discuss their recommendations with the student. Options might include the following:

  • a referral to one of our workshops or therapy groups
  • an appointment for an Intake for short-term individual counseling within the Counseling Center (Intake appointments are usually scheduled the following week to give students time to think about their therapy goals.)
  • a referral to meet with a dietician
  • a referral to other campus or community resources
  • a referral for a psychiatric medication evaluation
  • a referral to an off-campus mental health provider
  • if your situation is critical, we offer same-day crisis appointments

In order to meet significant student demand and use its resources most effectively, the Counseling Center utilizes a short-term therapy model. When a student is referred for an "Intake" appointment at the Counseling Center, the counselor and student work together to determine the number and type of sessions that are needed based on the nature of the student's concerns and available resources. If longer term counseling is needed, the counselor will help a student find a referral to a therapist in the community.

Request a Specific Counselor

Students who are referred to the Counseling Center for short-term individual counseling may request a specific counselor on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or professional training. This may mean a longer wait until the requested counselor becomes available.

Canceling Appointments

If you have a scheduled appointment with the Counseling Center that you need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible, preferably 24 hours in advance. This will allow us to offer the time to another student. Appointments can be cancelled online through the Health Service portal (accessed through Banner) or by calling the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442.


There is no charge for counseling services at the Counseling Center.

Eligibility for Services


Counseling Center services are available for all full-time, enrolled students. There is no charge for counseling services on a short-term basis. Students needing long-term therapy may receive a referral from the Counseling Center to a community mental health provider.

Spouses/Domestic Partners of Students

Spouses or domestic partners of full-time enrolled students are eligible for a one time courtesy visit to obtain a referral to a community mental health provider.

Dartmouth Faculty and Staff

Dartmouth Faculty and Staff seeking counseling services are not eligible to be seen at the Counseling Center. Faculty and Staff should contact Dartmouth College’s Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP). There are two ways to access the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP):

  • Call 844.216.8308: You'll speak to a counseling professional who will listen to your concerns and can guide you to the appropriate services you require, including local providers for in-person counseling.
  • Visit GuidanceResources® Online, click on Register and enter your company ID: Dartmouth and then follow the registration prompts. You will find timely, expert information on thousands of topics, including relationships, work, school, children, wellness, legal, and financial. You can search for qualified child care and elder care, attorneys and financial planners as well as ask questions, take self-assessments and more.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Lamps

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to the changes in seasons. For many people who experience SAD, symptoms start in the fall and continue through the winter months. It is normal to have some days when you feel down. If you feel down for days at a time and can't get motivated to do activities that you normally enjoy, you should consult with a Counseling Center counselor. Treatment for SAD may include light therapy, psychotherapy, or psychotherapy and medications. Light therapy is often the first line of treatment for fall-onset SAD. Research on light therapy is limited, but it seems to be effective for many people in relieving SAD symptoms.

Students interested in light therapy can borrow one of the sun lamps from the Counseling Center. We allow students to check-out the lamps for one to two weeks, depending on demand. If all of the lamps are out on loan, we will place you on a waiting list and contact you as soon as a lamp becomes available. If you would like to check on the availability of a lamp, please call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442.